Microsoft lets slip an image of the upcoming Messaging app for Windows 10

Windows 10 is due next week, and one thing we know won't be available is the new Skype messaging experience. First announced in January by Microsoft, the Universal Windows messaging app will let users chat using Skype directly from the Messaging app and switch to SMS for Phone users. Indeed, in the Windows 10 PC app, users can even see the ability to switch texting from Skype to presumably the phone, using the OS as a conduit.

Unfortunately, not much has been said about the Skype and Phone messaging app except that it will come later on. Some of our sources have suggested that Threshold Wave 2, which is expected in October, will attempt to bring this feature although plans are not yet finalised.

Interestingly, in today's Windows 10 video posted by Microsoft, you can clearly see the Messaging app and its integration into the Action Center at the 24-second mark including inline responses. This is similar to how it works on the Phone as demonstrated in January, so in that sense it is not particularly surprising. Regardless, it is the first look at what the app could look like when it finally does come to Windows 10 hopefully later this year. Seeing as it is just a mockup, design elements could change before its final release.

The concept of being able to send chat messages through Skype or even your phone from your PC is the dream experience. Here is hoping that we get to see this feature sooner than later. October would be a worthwhile wait.

Source: Microsoft; Thanks, TechmeIN64, for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.